With wider tires and an adjustable front splitter, this thing looks incredible.
The all-new Chevrolet Corvette C8 fell prey to some unfortunate timing. Last year's nationwide UAW strike delayed the start of production, and just as things finally got going at GM's Bowling Green plant, the global coronavirus outbreak forced the plant to shutter indefinitely. Precious few 2020 Chevrolet Corvettes have made their way into customers' hands, and as a result, we've all missed out on what likely would have been a wave of early custom builds and bespoke, imaginative SEMA Show cars.
Thankfully, we've at least got renderings like this one from Monaco Auto Design, which redraws the new mid-engine Corvette as a fearsome widebody ready to devour the nearest road course.
Apart from the sultry flared fenders, the Corvette depicted in the rendering features a dramatically reworked front fascia, with a reshaped grille and side inlets. The tires fitted to this fictional 'Vette look significantly wider than stock, for gargantuan front-end grip - something that's further supported by the adjustable chin spoiler.
We don't imagine this widebody Corvette rendering has any basis in reality, but the mere thought that the new Z06 could end up looking anything like this is alluring. Unfortunately, spy shots of the forthcoming Z06 don't suggest that the new supercar will employ anything like this hypothetical widebody kit. It's a shame, really.
The next Z06 is rumored to have a 5.5L V8 with dual overhead camshafts and a flat-plane crankshaft, lending it tremendous revability and top-end power. The naturally aspirated mill is expected to make 600 horsepower or more, courtesy of a redline just shy of 9,000 rpm. That should be enough to strike fear into the hearts of Porsche and Alfa Romeo drivers everywhere.
Although the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette's timing could have been better, we still expect to see a few nifty, custom-built SEMA Show cars - with some possibly taking cues from this rendering - this November. As of right now, the show is still scheduled to be held as usual, although the Covid-19 pandemic situation is still, obviously, quite fluid.